From the entire pureHOPE team, we want to wish you joy, peace, rest and hope this Advent season.
We’ve talked about how the word “hope” most literally means “to wait. ” Now, the term “Advent” comes to us from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming.” It refers to the celebration of the Messiah’s first coming, and the expectation of His second coming. King Jesus has come, already…and not yet.
There is comfort and hope for us in that tension.
The prophets of old experienced this. They received revelation and spoke truth during times like ours, times of oppression, uncertainty, and distress.
And the vision they proclaimed was that God was already acting, though the appointed time had not yet fully come.
Isaiah, for instance. He saw God move miraculously to save the nation in his lifetime. He also saw ahead to a child born, Who would be called Prince of Peace, but would be led like a lamb to the slaughter, before His government and throne would be established in justice and righteousness.
We have the privilege of living somewhere in the middle of that vision.
The Child has come, and the Lamb has been slain that our iniquity might be atoned for and our lives brought out of bondage toward freedom. Already that journey has commenced for us, but not yet has it concluded.
As we cultivate justice and healing in the midst of an age of sexual exploitation and brokenness, our guiding vision remains that prophecy of Isaiah: God, Emmanuel, has already come down to make all things possible, but He has not yet come to make all things right, once and for all. And that is why the world needs pureHOPE, because it needs us as ambassadors of this fundamental message:
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.”
— 1 John 3:2-3